“This is disgusting!” or “I’m losing it.”
Universal Hello at sea.
Ahoy, me Hearties!
“Hello you guys. Let’s go do some looting!”
“Stop what you’re doing and listen up!”
“I’ll get right on it.”
Batten down the hatches
“Secure everything that can move. We’re in for it”
Beauty, as in “Yer a beauty me beauty.”
“Knock that off!”
The lowest part of the boat where all the crud collects.
The lowest form of animal life; similar to today’s politicians and lawyers.
A guy with some real personal problems
“What the hell?”
The very worst oath in pirate vernacular, as in … “Yon bloody cannonball took off me leg!”
Blow me down!
Blow the man down
Loot or stolen goods
A pirate with attitude. A snob who thinks he’s hot stuff.
Extreme black-balling. Sentenced to death.
Cat o’ nine tails
A flogging device with nine separate thongs, each of which contains a small lead ball at the tip. Rarely used in the US Navy today.
Clap of thunder
A triple grog.
A place where a large black bird lays its eggs.
Davy Jones’ Locker
The bottom of the sea, where the bones of seamen lie.
Dead men tell no tales
“Kill ‘em all and let God choose his own!”
“Stand aside, or I’ll run ye over.”
Hang the jib
Hang ‘im from the yardarm
“Truss ‘im up and let ‘im rot in the sun.”
This is a modern term. Real pirate ships didn’t have toilets. That’s what they made gunnels for, hence the term, “Hang it over, Rover.”
“Take a strain.”
“Luff your sails and cease headway or we’ll fire a shot across yer bow.”
To cheat, dissemble and lie. A prerequisite to becoming a full-fledged pirate.
Jack o’ coins
Jack o’ cups
Jack o’ staves
Jack o’ swords
A common seaman
Skull and crossbones flag. Black means “Surrender your ship.” Red means “No quarter.”
The practice of dragging miscreants naked across the thwarts and the barnacle embedded keel of a vessel. It really must have smarted!
An awkward, overweight, out of shape human being with nothing much going for him. In other words, anyone who is not a seaman.
A shade of red
See “Me hearties”
My, as in “Me ‘ead ‘urts.”
A gathering of pirates made congenial by copious quantities of grog before the drunken brawl erupts.
Pieces of eight
Spanish silver dollars, real de ochos, on which the US dollar was based.
Rob, sack, plunder and generally engage in unsocial behavior.
The second story equivalent of a “head”.
The youngest and dumbest crew member whose responsibility it is to handle volatile gunpowder in battle.
Another high-falutin name for a pirate. One who has social aspirations.
Run a shot across the bow
“Strike your colors or we’ll blow you to smithereens.”
A young pirate, analogous to a pollywog.
Contemptible and unclean. A word currently used most often to describe congressmen.
A small container used to transport coal.
A veteran pirate and/or his foot.
On one’s way to Davy Jones’ Locker.
Neat and orderly. A condition never seen on a true pirate vessel
Shiver me timbers!
Comparable to “Holy Crap!”
Splice the Mainbrace!
“Let’s go get drunk!”
Kids or pirates-in-training
Three sheets to the wind
Sloshed. Way too much grog!
To make shipshape. Pirates never have occasion to use this word. When their ship gets untidy, true pirates scuttle it and commandeer a clean one.
Walk the plank
Yer last opportunity to try a one and a half dive in a tuck position.
Weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen!
Let’s go do some BAAAAD!